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17-day South African Rainbow Route

An accommodated safari through South Africa, trekking, cultural visits and wonderful game viewing in the Rainbow Nation.  This accommodated safari works on a twin share basis, some with en-suite bathrooms and some with communal ablutions. With professional guides to lead your safari and a comfortable bed to sleep in every night, you are sure to have a fantastic holiday – and you won’t find a better value-for-money, quality African tour anywhere else.

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From
NZD$3,730
per person sharing*

Highlights

Mpumalanga Panorama Route – sight seeing
Kruger National Park – game drives
Swaziland – mountain walks
Zululand – game drives and cultural village
Drakensberg Mountains – maintain walks
Wild Coast – beach walks and Xhosa culture
Addo – game drives
Tsitsikamma – forest walks
Hermanus – beaches and whales
Cape Town – Cape Point and Table Mountain

Includes

Accommodation as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excludes

Travel insurance
International flights
Airport transfers
Pre and post tour accommodation
Gratuities
Optional Activities
Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water)
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges

Starts

Johannesburg, South Africa

Ends

Cape Town, South Africa

Duration

17 days

Countries visited

South Africa, Swaziland

Departures

Small Group. Set departure dates

Price

From NZD$3,730
per person sharing*

Group Size

4 - 12 people

Safari Type

2 to 3 Star Accommodation

Accommodation:

3 to 4 Star Accommodation

Vehicle

Day 1 - 2 JOHANNESBURG to GREATER KRUGER [lodge Bx1 Lx2 Dx2]
[B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]
Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls & forests characterise the landscape. We enjoy the views from God’s Window before descending off the escarpment and heading to our game lodge on the border of the Greater Kruger NP.

The following morning, we are up early for a full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park. We will return to our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset over the Drakensberg mountains, a swim in the pool and a hearty meal before falling asleep to the sounds of Africa.

Day 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [chalet BLD]
We stretch our legs on a short morning walk exploring the surrounding bush before we re-enter Kruger NP and head south. Kruger NP is the largest game reserve in South Africa, boasts the world’s greatest concentration of species, and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other animals in this true African wilderness.

Day 4 KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND [chalet BLD]
Malolotja Nature Reserve in the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland is our next attraction. Renowned for a great variety of habitats from short grassland, to thick riverine scrub, bushveld and moist forest, we explore the reserve on foot to enjoy the fantastic mountain views. Relax around a campfire dinner and stay in mountain cabins for the night.

Day 5 - 6 ZULULAND [tented lodge BLD]
We visit a craft market near Mbabane which has a range of handmade crafts and a local witchdoctor stall! We re-enter South Africa and head to our private game reserve located on the Ukuwela Conservancy, where our local guide will lead us on a walk through bushveld and riverine vegetation of the Msinene River, bird watching and game tracking. Nyala, hippo and the elusive leopard are all found on the reserve.

The next day we take a game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for the embattled rhino, followed by a visit to a local Zulu village. Relax in the late afternoon with a cold drink while enjoying the views over the reserve from the lodge.

Day 7 - 8 DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS [chalet or cottage BLD]
The Drakensberg Mountains or “uKhahlamba” - the Barrier of Spears, is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From Mkuzi we move further south to the base of these mountains where we overnight for two nights in a quaint cottage or chalets. We will spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, looking for Bushman rock paintings or just enjoying spectacular views.

Day 9 - 10 WILD COAST [chalet BLD]
En-route to the Wild Coast we visit Qunu, the home town of Nelson Mandela, and pay our respects to this great man. The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise with unspoilt stretches of dramatically beautiful coastline, open spaces and pristine forest areas. We stay overnight in Kei Mouth and the next day is free to explore the area, meet local villagers or go down to the beach.

Day 11 ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK [chalet B-D]
The Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931 to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today more than 600 elephants roam through the area. The park also offers excellent viewing of black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a host of other large and small mammals and over 400 species of birds in the greater park area.

Day 12 - 13 KNYSNA / TSITSIKAMMA [lodge Bx2 Lx1 -]
For two nights we will stay in a lodge resort in Knysna, which is nestled on a tranquil lagoon. We will take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks up the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes; a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys, coastal forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. There is also an option of the world’s highest bungi jump. Sample seafood at one of Knysna's great restaurants (own expense).

Day 14 HERMANUS [guest house BL-]
Hermanus offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. From June to November Southern Right whales come up from the southern oceans to calve and mate in the shallow waters around the Cape. In whale season we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline. In the summer months we will explore the flowering fynbos in Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Enjoy the evening meal out at a local restaurant (own expense).

Day 15 - 16 CAPE TOWN [guest house B - -]
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. On our way into Cape Town, we visit Stellenbosch, South Africa’s renowned wine region, for wine tasting (own expense) and a cellar tour. The “mother city” has many attractions; we will visit the harbour at Hout Bay, visit Cape Point, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). We sample the local fare at a variety of local restaurants (own expense).

Day 17 TOUR ENDS - TRANSFERS [- B - -]
In the morning we climb Table Mountain, offering panoramic views over Cape Town reaching out into the bay and Robben Island. Having explored the highlights of the Rainbow Nation we take a last look at Cape Town and catch up on last minute curio shopping in the afternoon, before your tour ends at 18:00 at the guest house.

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Makuwa Safari Lodge

Kruger Private Reserve

2 Nights

Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Kruger National Park

1 Night

Hawane Lodge

Swaziland

1 Night

Zululand Lodge

Hluhluwe

2 Nights

Lotheni Chalets

Central Drakensberg

2 Nights

Areena Riverside Resort

Eastern Cape Beaches

2 Nights

Addo Elephant National Park Chalets

Addo Elephant National Park

1 Night

Lagoona Inn

Knysna

2 Nights

Chesham House

Hermanus

1 Night

Sweetest Guesthouses

Cape Town

2 Nights